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Around the Halls: December 1 - 3

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, December 01, 2008, at 08:24AM
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Believe it or not, it's Monday, December 1. The city's returning from the Thanksgiving holiday, and on the docket this week are a new contract for the triathlon, an expansion of the Artists-In-Residence district and several vacations of public right-of-way.

MONDAY: At Budget & Finance committee, item two is CF 07-1434, a report by the Chief Legislative Analyst on contract talks with Pacific Sports regarding the L.A. Triathlon. The CLA's recommending to renew the firm's contract to operate the race. The race has traditionally been a bad neighbor for Downtown, but the terms of the new contract require "an improved process for notifying businesses and residents on or near the route of the event of the anticipated street closures and other detours that will be in effect."

TUESDAY: At Council, item 29 is CF 08-2567, which we noted previously at committee. It's a CRA memo establishing the "Grand Avenue Predevelopment Revolving Loan Program." The program would be funded by $1.5 million from Related and provides initial loans to affordable housing projects. When asked in September, Related said that the company would be funding the program only once construction begins.

Item 30 is CF 08-2852, a Reyes / Perry motion asking CRA to report on payments required as part of the settlement of "Coalition for Community Rights, et al. v. Community Redevelopment Agency, et al." As the committee report notes, "The Settlement Agreement included various payments to be made by the Arena Company to the petitioners to mitigate impacts of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment complex on the surrounding neighborhood." CRA is to report back in 30 days.

In an afternoon session of Planning and Land Use Management, the number one topic continues to be billboards. Four items on the agenda touch on the subject.

Item 9, though, is CF 08-3189, a City Planning report on extending the bounds of the Artists-In-Residence district. The concept, first mentioned here back in March would extend A.I.R. provisions south to Violet, one block below 7th. The Planning Commission approved the change on November 13.

WEDNESDAY: At Public Works, item two is CF 06-2822 a vacation motion that would give away the alley that runs from 6th to Wilshire between Bixel and St. Paul Ave. G.H. Palmer Associates requested the vacation as part of planning for the Piero II project.

Item three is CF 08-2488, a request that the city give up its rights to Broadway Place, a funny alley connecting Broadway to Main street below Olympic. The roadway has been occupied as a parking lot for years, despite being public right of way.

Even better? The city tried to give away the land before in 2003, but the applicant, who owns the adjoining property, never made the necessary improvements to receive the vacation. Yet the right of way has been closed to the public the entire time.


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